Medical Assistant

Overview

Medical assistants keep healthcare practices running smoothly by helping with routine office tasks and clinical duties. They schedule appointments, maintain patient records and handle billing and insurance. On the clinical side, they prepare patients for their visit by taking medical histories, checking vital signs and performing simple lab tests.

Work Environment

Most medical assistants work in a physician’s office, but they can also work for podiatrists, optometrists and other healthcare providers, or at hospitals and nursing homes. They work a normal week with possible evening and weekend hours. Depending on the type and size of the practice, medical assistants may perform a wide variety of tasks or specialize in a specific area.

Preparation

Training

The majority of medical assistant training programs last only one year, but some colleges offer an associate’s degree.

Schools

Licensure and Certification

After completing a program, medical assistants may choose to take the American Association of Medical Assistants certification exam. However, certification is not required to work in Iowa.

Education

Locations

Career Outlook Map of Iowa

Medical assistants can expect a great amount of job growth. The average growth for the state is 29%, but  the outlook is even better in northeast Iowa and around Des Moines.

Resources

Professional Associations

About My Job Profiles

VIEW THE STATS

EDUCATION
1-2 yr

SALARY
29k

PATIENT INTERACTION
High

BLOOD EXPOSURE
Medium

JOB GROWTH
29%


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